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Hobday: E-Searching America - 1850s -> Early 1900s: Academic Websites

TIP 1: Evaluating & Identifying Scholarly Websites

    Quick Focus For Quality

WARNING: All websites are not scholarly!

[a.k.a. acceptable for school projects]

The following are  "giveaways" that you need to carefully scrutinize your websource:

   Web address (URL) includes words unrelated to what you are studying

   The site is an "answer engine" (e.g. Yahoo answers, Ask.com etc).  Search by keywords not by questions!

   The site is a blog

   The website contains inflammatory language or absolute opinions

   The website has not been updated within the last year

   The website contains spelling/grammatical errors

   The site has ads, popups, subscriptions, or charges you for info

   The information cites Wikipedia only.  Wikipedia is a good starting place, use additional electronic and print sources to locate more information!

TIP 2: Use Related Terms and "Phrases" to Search

 

Gather Related Terms & Phrases As You Go!